Where Are They Now? Anderson Luís de Souza (Deco)
Anderson Luís de Souza
Anderson Luís de Souza or Deco, started his long and famed career with Corinthians in 1996. He only played 2 games with them before being transferred to Benfica. He never played for Benfica, and was on loan the entire time before going to Porto, where he scored 32 goals in 150 games. During his Porto career he obtained Portuguese citizenship and made his debut for the Portuguese National Team. He was the Man Of The Match in the 2003-2004 Champions League Final with Porto, and was named UEFA's Best Midfielder that same year. 2004 would be his last year with Porto before arriving at Barcelona for 4 years. In those four years he would be named UEFA's Best Midfielder again along with being Barcelona's player of the season in the 2005–06 season and would win the Champions League again. On June 30th, 2008, Deco became the first signing of former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. He scored on his CFC debut with a 30-yarder in a 4-0 win over Portsmouth. After several poor games he was dropped from the starting lineup in the 2008–09 season, however after talks with new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, he stated that he was very happy with Chelsea.
On 6 August 2010, Deco signed a two-year contract with Brazilian club Fluminense on a free transfer. Once Deco signed with Fluminense, he retired from international soccer, with his last game being in the 2010 South Africa World Cup. Deco kept his old number (20) and after breaking into the first team squad, the Tricolor Carioca named him Vice-Captain. Since joining Fluminense he has scored 7 goals in 77 games, while playing more of a senior player holding midfielder role. Unlike Drogba in China, with Deco, Fluminense has seen considerable success. They won the league and Campeonato Carioca in 2012, and were the Campeonato Carioca runner-up in 2011.
Updated - Retirement
On August 26th 2013, Deco officially retired from the sport, finishing a long and trophy-laden career. Deco will go down in history as one of the best attacking midfielders at his time, with 75 caps for his country.
Notable Career Honors:
Porto: Champions League, Primeira Liga (3), Taça de Portugal (3)
Barcelona: La Liga (2), Champions League
Chelsea: Premier League, FA Cup (2)
Fluminense: Serie A (2)
Personal: UEFA Footballer of the Year (03-04), UCL Final Man of the Match (04), UEFA Best Midfielder (03-04, 05-06), Ballon D'Or Runner-Up (04)